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Addressing the Wide Range of Surfaces to be Cleaned in a Healthcare Facility

Within your building or campus, there is a wide variety of environmental surfaces that have to be kept clean and/or disinfected. Starting at the front door, you may have to clean the concrete sidewalk outside the entrance, the glass windows and doors, the brass handle on the door, the entrance carpet matting. 
 
Within the first 15’ you see rough concrete that has to be cleaned a certain way to insure you have removed the gum, litter, cigarette butts, the stains, etc. on a regular basis. The glass door or windows have to be kept free of spots, smudges, film and streaks. The same cleaning practices used on the concrete can’t be used for cleaning the glass. 
 
The brass metal handle has to be disinfected as well as polished to a high shine; two different cleaning procedures with the accompanying chemicals and cloths. 

Then you have the carpet mat that has to be vacuumed, kept free of litter, gum and spots. Often, the dirty mat has to be exchanged for a clean one. 

You get the picture…we have barely gotten into the building and you have a wide variety of surfaces that have to be kept clean and/or disinfected, with different processes, tools and possibly different job classifications doing the work on different shifts and different frequencies of cleaning.
 
They aren’t the same and can’t be maintained in the same manner; that fact makes cleaning and disinfecting a huge challenge in today’s buildings.

As a leader in the cleaning/maintenance company or department, you need to understand the dynamics of getting the job done with the workforce you have, retaining the best workers and building a team that delivers on a daily basis. At the end of the day, the building has to be safe, clean and disinfected. 
 
Isn't it time that you effectively addressed this gap in education in your Environmental Services or Housekeeping Department? The GCI-EVS Technician Certificate will insure the frontline workers have the knowledge to perform their job tasks to a standard. That knowledge will instill pride in those workers who are often ignored or neglected when it comes to effective education and training.

Guest Blog Post by Darrel Hicks:

Pedagogy has partnered with the Green Clean Institute to bring professional development education for frontline staff that promotes proactive best practices within environmental health services operations.

Environmental Services Technician Certification program is an 12 month education program that once successfully completed offers your staff a certification.
Modules covered within the educational program are:
  • 600 - CITS Basic Cleaning 101
  • 601 - EVS Technician (Part 1)
  • 602 - EVS Technician (Part 2)
  • 603 - Patient/Resident Safety and Satisfaction
  • 604 - Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • 605 - Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • 606 - Bloodborne Pathogens (OSHA)
  • 607 - Infection Prevention
  • 608 - Health Impacts of Cleaning
  • 609 - Cleaning Patient/Resident Rooms
  • 610 - Chemicals & Disinfection Knowledge
  • 611 - Clean, Green and Healthy
  • 612 - Surface Cleaning in Healthcare Settings
To see the education on environmental services cleaning offered by Pedagogy and the Green Clean Institute, click here.
Posted: 2/4/2016 8:17:14 AM
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